WA’s Wiluna gateway to Canning and Gunbarrel

If you are travelling east, Wiluna in Western Australia, is your starting point for two of the most isolated and iconic four wheel drive desert roadtrips in AustraliaCanning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Highway are not for the faint of heart…

Wiluna RV Stop opens

Wiluna Council are just starting work on caravan park renovations in town. They are hoping it opens in June/July, concrete starts getting laid tomorrow!

In the meantime the council have set up a free 72 hour self contained vehicle stop adjacent to the Canning-Gunbarrel Discovery Centre. 

Right on the edge of the desert, Wiluna is 966 km northeast of Perth. Via the Goldfields Highway, the last of WA’s highways to remain unsealed, it is 183 km west of Meekatharra. You will find fuel, a supermarket, police, post office and hospital in Wiluna.

The Canning Stock Route

This is 1500km of tough country! Known as one of the most challenging four wheel drive tracks in the world, it is also the most isolated. 

In 1906, Alfred Canning surveyed and built this stock route north from Wiluna to Halls Creek in the Kimberley. It took him four years! 

The Gunbarrel Highway

If you want to travel from WA into the NT Red Centre with Uluru and Alice Springs – one way to get there is The Gunbarrel Highway.

Gunbarrel Highway – images by Leigh Cordwell

It was the first east-west route through Australia’s centre. Len Beadell surveyed this remote road – and did you know, the last section was only completed in 1958?

PLEASE NOTE – towns and fuel stops are far and few between!

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